Dr. Jeremy Kelly

BA. MA. PGCE Post 16. TOTP

Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader BA Performing Arts / BA Acting (Film, TV & Stage)


Jem Kelly is senior lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Performing Arts and BA Acting (Film, TV & Stage) programmes. Jem holds a PhD from The University of Reading on theatre and intermediality, Staging Recollections and Memory Theatre (2005). Jem’s research interrogates critical / theoretical issues in theatre and performance practice and is open to supervising PhDs in this broad area. Jem’s interdisciplinary research interrogates applications, experiences and encounters with new technologies in / for / through performance.

In addition to printed publications, Jem’s research is carried out through practice and he has staged a series of solo performances, Phantoms Of The Aperture (Ted 2015, The Hidden Jem 2017), and the headphone performance, Black Gold (2018) with Dr Ger Gormleytesting links between autobiographical performance, memory, sound, music and photography.  Jem has worked extensively with Station House Opera, documenting and staging telematic performances with them at BNU, including At Home In London And Gaza (2018). As well as writing on theatre, Jem contributed a chapter to The Bloomsbury Handbook to Popular Music Video Analysis (2019) informed by his experience performing, writing and recording original songs with English neo-acoustic band, The Lotus Eaters. Jem is Co-Investigator of an AHRC funded project, Here, there and everywhere: a study of online performance during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK and Italy. The project is in partnership with UK and Italian universities and takes place from October 2020 – April 2022. Jem is UoA D23 Education Co-Lead for the forthcoming REF2021.